Dr. K. Pradheep

Economic Botany
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Salient Achievements:
  • Undertaken 55 exploration trips in remote, land-locked, and international border areas and covered 28 states of the country, with an emphasis on Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, North East Hill region, for a variety of crop groups including temperate fruits, vegetables, spices, ornamentals, medicinal plants, and forages.
  • These efforts have resulted in the collection of 4,924 acc. including several unique germplasms and >90 CWR previously not collected. Nine trips were exclusively conducted in Protected Areas and four for trait-specific germplasm collection.
  • Specific research areas include systematic study of native taxa such as Sesamum, Trichosanthes, Allium, Luffa, leafy amaranth, and Mangifera, developing field keys for their taxonomic identification, germplasm collection of CWR, and build-up of correctly-identified herbarium vouchers (1700 specimens) for NHCP.
  • Described four new taxa, reported 9 CWR new to the country, solved taxonomic ambiguity prevailed in 8 crops/economic species, and was involved with the development of two crop varieties and registration of four germplasm.
  • Book on “Wild Relatives of Cultivated Plants in India” was published by ICAR, which contains details of CWR of >2000 cultivated plants in India, and thereafter prioritized CWR taxa for collection and conservation.
  • Harbhajan Singh Memorial Award (2008-10) by Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi.
  • RS Paroda Young Scientist Award (2015) by Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi
Recent Publications Research Papers
1.  Pradheep, K (2022). Misidentification of Macrotyloma sar-garhwalensis R.D.Gaur & L.R.Dangwal and its implication in horsegram germplasm managementGenet. Resour. Crop Evol69939-948
2.  Pradheep K, Singh M, Sultan SM, Singh K, Parimalan R, SP Ahlawat (2019). Diversity in wild relatives of wheat: an expedition collection from cold-arid Indian Himalayas.Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution66275-285
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Last Updated : 02/10/2023